Magic Middles Cookies

Oh my goodness!  How much would you like a crunchy, dark-chocolatey cookie with a surprise creamy peanut-buttery middle?   These are super good, as any honest representative of the chocolate-peanut-butter combo will be.  The chocolate is nice and deep, like the cookie part of an Oreo (only: not as crunchy).  The hidden peanut butter middle is creamy and just sweet enough to make you want another when your cookie is gone 🙂

I won’t lie, these are rather time-intensive.  I read in the reviews that you will have extra filling at the end, which was kinda perfect – that meant Pete got his own bit of center “dough” to use as Play-Doh.  And keep in mind, if you give these a shot: the chocolate dough is a little crumbly, so be gentle when you squoosh those cookies with a glass – the chocolate dough will crack.

P.S. do not be jealous of my coffee cup. 

Magic Peanut Butter Middles
(from Allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 c. confectioners’ sugar
3/4 c. peanut butter

In small bowl blend flour, cocoa and baking soda. Mix until well blended.

In large bowl beat sugar, butter or margarine and 1/4 cup peanut butter, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beat. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Set aside.

To make Filling: Combine confectioner’s sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Blend well.

Roll filling into 30 one-inch-sized balls. For each cookie, with floured hands, shape about 1 Tbsp. of dough around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with glass dipped in sugar.

Bake at 375F for 7-9 minutes. When cookies are done, they should be set and slightly cracked.

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